Arsenal have not progressed past the round of 16 in the Champions League since the 2009/10 campaign and have been knocked out at this stage by Bayern Munich twice since then.
The Gunners come into this match out of form having struggled to overcome Hull at the weekend having previously lost each of their last two before that.
Bayern have won each of their last 15 home matches in the Champions League, while Arsenal have lost three of their last seven away matches in the competition. The German giants may not be as intimidating with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm but they are still favourites to win this tie.
The Bavarians won 5-1 the last time these two sides met and while the scoreline isn’t expected to be so dominant this time around, Arsenal may still leave themselves too much to do when they return to London in the return leg. Predict on NaijaBet.com
Bayern Munich – Franck Ribery and Jerome Boateng are both expected to miss out here because of injury. Boateng is one booking away from a ban, as is Philipp Lahm.Douglas Costa and Thomas Muller are vying for a start on the left of Bayern Munich’s front three, while Joshua Kimmich and Arturo Vidal are also in competition for a place in midfield.
Xabi Alonso limped out of training earlier in the week with a knee injury and is now a huge doubt for the clash with Arsenal.
Arsenal – Hector Bellerin overcame a head injury to feature against Hull on Saturday, while a rested Nacho Monreal should regain his place at left-back in Germany on Wednesday night.
David Ospina is set to replace Petr Cech in goal for the trip to Bayern Mu-nich after being selected as Arsenal’s No.1 goalkeeper in the Champions League at the start of the season.
Granit Xhaka has missed Arsenal’s last four matches due to suspension but is free to play here. He may not be trusted in game of this magnitude straight away, however. Instead, Arsene Wenger may opt to partner Francis Coquelin with Mohamed Elneny despite some promising performances from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in recent weeks.
Mesut Ozil’s form has tailed off dramatically and there is a serious question whether he should be dropped here. With Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Lucas Perez and Olivier Giroud pushing for a start here, Wenger does have options.
Arsenal have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 matches in UEFA Champions League.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal’s last 4 UEFA Champions League games.
Arsenal are undefeated in their last 6 matches (UEFA Champions League).